Friday, April 20, 2018

Really? Time Will Tell

"North Korea is expressing a commitment to a complete denuclearization. They are not presenting a condition that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of the American troops in South Korea."
"North Korea is only talking about the end of a hostile policy against it and then a security guarantee for the country."
President Moon Jae-in, South Korea
South Korea to seek formal peace agreement with North at upcoming summit
Images of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a South Korean news program on a video screen at the Seoul train station on April 18, 2018. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)

South Korea has never stopped dreaming of re-unification. Which is to say the administration of South Korea. Re-unification would mean for the people of the South that their adversarial position with the North would come to an end, the separation of families would be over. The fear of unstable and unsettling events leading to violence and danger would become an episode of the past.

Threats emanating from the volatile Kim Jong Un would be set aside as a nightmare that the Koreas will have awakened from.

Not that these yearning dreams haven't surfaced before in the certitude that finally the belligerence will be set aside because the Kim dynasty at one point or another in their fragile relationship with the South and the West, has promised to reform. Those promises based on bribery, the provision of oil, food, financial support. And all of them, one after another, dashed as the North reverted to type once the ransom had been paid. Will it be different this time?

Kim Jong Un has demonstrated all the thoughtful restraint of a four-year-old dabbling in mud and delighting in the outcome, deliberately oblivious to the consequences of his impetuous and juvenile antics in testing new ballistic missiles and setting off newer iterations of nuclear devices. He appears to find great pleasure in causing fearful consternation among his neighbours when missiles are targeted toward Japan, or threats of reaching the American Pacific coast are made with great relish to the fear engendered.

The 'hostile' policy that North Korea responds to is a situation that exists mostly in the mind of a neurotic, paranoid man who feels insufficiently 'respected' and looks to achieve that elusive state of respect by actions unbecoming a sane adult capable of understanding how his policies of fear-mongering impact on those within range of his missiles.

South Korean soldiers stand guard in the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. On Wednesday, a high-ranking South Korean presidential official said they are considering renegotiating the peace agreement between North and South Korea. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

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